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Media workshop on Rethinking Water and Energy Cooperation

Experts emphasized on the need to review and reinforce the energy and water cooperation in South Asia in a programme organized here today. The discussion took place in a workshop organized by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) in partnership with Cuts International and Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET)-Nepal. 

Export Potential of Fresh Vegetables to India and Other Countries

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) organized a national workshop titled “Export Potential of Fresh Vegetables to India and Other Countries” on 30 December 2016 in Kathmandu. The objective of the workshop was to validate the findings of the research carried out by SAWTEE with support from SAMARTH-NMDP. The research was carried out at major custom points in Bhairahawa, Birgunj, Biratnagar, Jhapa, Dhangadi, Mahendranagar and Nepalgunj. The research findings was based on field survey and wider consultation with related stakeholders.

Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit in South Asia: Dissemination of study findings

A two-day conference was held in Kathmandu from 29 to 30 September 2016 to disseminate the findings of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) country studies on trade and transport facilitation in the region. The meet organized by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) brought together participants from all the SAARC countries, except Afghanistan.

Validation Meeting on Export of Vegetables and Fruits from Eastern Region of Nepal

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics, and Environment (SAWTEE) organized a half day validation meeting with the objective of sharing the findings of the research entitled “Export of Vegetables and Fruits from Eastern Region of Nepal’, on 23 May 2016 in Kathmandu.

Economic and Social survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016: Policy implications for Nepal

SAWTEE and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) organized a round table discussion on the annual flagship publication of the UNESCAP ‘Economic and Social Survey of Asia and The Pacific 2016’. The publication focuses on nurturing productivity for inclusive growth and sustainable development. 

Regional cooperation on trade, climate change and food security in South Asia: Reflections and way forward

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE) and Oxfam organized a two-day regional meeting on “Regional cooperation on trade, climate change and food security in South Asia: Reflections and way forward”.The overall objective of the workshop was to discuss issues on trade, climate change and food security relevant to South Asia based on the experience and outcomes of studies conducted by SAWTEE. The workshop focused on building a common understanding and strategy for mutual cooperation in South Asia on trade, climate change and food security.

National Consultation Workshop on Impact of the Earthquake on Food Security and Livelihood on Urban Poor in Nepal and Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture Adaptation Practices and Gender

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE) in coordination with Oxfam organized a national consultation workshop on “Impact of the Earthquake on Food Security and Livelihood on Urban Poor in Nepal” and “Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture Adaptation Practices and Gender”. The objective of the workshop was to disseminate the findings of the two studies and to gather suggestions.

Regional meeting on Conservation, Use and Exchange of Crop Genetic Resources: Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Food-Secure, Climate- Resilient South Asia

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE) and Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), Norway organized a two-day regional meeting on “Conservation, Use and Exchange of Crop Genetic Resources: Promoting Regional Cooperation for a Food-Secure, Climate- Resilient South Asia”. The objective of the meeting was to bring together experts, policy makers, private sector representatives, academic researchers and relevant stakeholders to discuss issues related to governance of crop genetic resources in South Asia.

Eighth South Asian Training Programme on CGE Modelling

The eighth edition of the South Asian Training Programme on CGE Modelling was held in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh from 4-8 August 2015. The programme was organized by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) and South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), Dhaka in collaboration with the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS), New Delhi. 

Experts discuss economic aspects of the draft constitution

Kathmandu, July 20: Senior economists, representatives of the private sector, bankers and other expert-stakeholders discussed the economic aspects of the draft constitution and their implications for the country. The discussion was organized by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) to gather experts opinion on Nepal economic system that has been proposed in the draft constitution, and to prepare a set of suggestions to be considered when finalizing the constitution.

South Asian Country Study on Products with Regional Trade Potential and Associated Non-Tariff Barriers with Special Focus on Women in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(WMSMEs) -A case of Nepal

SAWTEE organized a half day national consultation program with support from UNDP/APRC on South Asian Country study on products with regional trade potential and associated non-tariff barriers with special focus on Women in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises(WMSMEs) -A case of Nepal on 12th February 2015. The objective of the workshop was to share the findings of a research carried out in Baglung, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Rukum and Sankhuwasabha and gather inputs on the study from various stakeholders in order to make the study and the recommendations more robust.

PPD on Enhancing Export Competitiveness of Nepali Silver Jewellery

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) organized a Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on Enhancing Export Competitiveness of Nepali Silver Jewellery in collaboration with German Cooperation for Development and Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) on 14 January 2015. The PPD aimed at identifying export related barriers in the silver jewellery sector, and preparing an action plan to address them with a view of submitting them to the Nepal Business Forum. 

Public Private Dialogue on Enhancing Export Competitiveness of Honey

South Asia Watch on Trade Economics and Environment, in collaboration with German Cooperation for Development (GIZ) organized a Public Private Dialogue (PPD) on enhancing export competitiveness of honey on 23 December 2014. The programme was attended by more than 40 participants representing the government, private sector and media. The objective of the event was to identify and address export-related barriers facing the Nepali beekeeping sector. The dialogue discussed various barriers prevalent in the sector and came up a comprehensive action plan to address them. 

High-level Dialogue on “Post-2015 Development Agenda and 18th SAARC Summit: Nepal’s perspectives”

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) organized a High-level Dialogue on “Post-2015 Development Agenda and 18th SAARC Summit: Nepal’s perspectives”in Kathmandu on 14 December 2014. The dialogue was organized on the backdrop of the recent SAARC Summit and the upcoming Ministerial Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on graduation. The objective of the programme was to discuss the importance of post-2015 development agenda, its possible inter-linkages and complementarities with the issues identified in the SAARC Summit and possible challenges for implementation in Nepal. The programme was attended by 60 participants representing high-level policy experts, government officials, diplomats, private sector and the media.

Deepening Economic Cooperation in South Asia: Expectations from the 18th SAARC Summit

South Asia Watch on Trade Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), CUTS International and Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), organized a two day regional consultation on “Deepening Economic Cooperation in South Asia: Expectations from the 18th SAARC Summit” in Kathmandu on 23 and 24 November 2014. The regional consultation was organized on the sidelines of the 18th SAARC Summit.  The major objective of the consultation was to discuss issues important for South Asia in the area of regional trade, investment and energy cooperation, among others, and provide recommendations on the way forward. The programme was attended by about 81 participants representing academics, research, government, private sector and media.  

Seventh South Asian Training Programme on CGE Modelling

The seventh edition of the South Asian Training Programme on CGE Modelling was held in Kathmandu from 20-24 November 2014. The programme was organized by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), in collaboration with South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), Dhaka and the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS), New Delhi. 

Addressing Non-Tariff Barriers on Export of Ginger

South Asia Watch on Trade Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) organized a half day discussion programme on “Addressing Non-Tariff Barriers on Export of Ginger” on 14th November 2014 in Kathmandu. The programme was organized to share the findings of the research that has been conducted by SAWTEE, and gather feedback/suggestions from the stakeholders in order to efficiently implement into the research findings for its effectiveness. The programme was attended by about 43 participants representing government officials from Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, Ministry of Agricultural Development, representatives of the private sector such as Nepal Ginger Producers and Traders Association, members from civil society organizations and the media.

National Stakeholders’ Dialogue on Upcoming 18th SAARC Summit: Nepal’s perspectives on Climate Change, Agriculture, Food Security and Disaster Risk Reduction

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), in collaboration with Oxfam in Nepal, organized a National Stakeholders Dialogue on "Upcoming 18th SAARC Summit: Nepals perspectives on climate change, agriculture, food security and disaster risk reduction" on 16 October 2014 in Kathmandu. The major objective of the dialogue was to identify and discuss issues important for Nepal in areas of climate change, agriculture, food security and disaster risk reduction. The dialogue was attended by sixty five participants representing the government, civil society organizations, private sector, academia, and the media.

Building a Coherent System of Resource Management and Access and Benefit Sharing in Nepal

SAWTEE organized a two day policy dialogue on “Building a Coherent System of Resource Management and Access and Benefit Sharing in Nepal” on 21-22 September 2014. The main objective of the dialogue was to explore the relationship between three international instruments: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (ILO169) on the issue of access and benefit sharing (ABS) in Nepal. The programme was attended by 17 experts on agriculture and plant genetic resources from various government and non-government agencies.

Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing: Local Issues and Concerns

SAWTEE organized a one-and-a-half day discussion programme on "Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing: Local Issues and Concerns" in Lalitpur on 10-11 September 2014. The objective of the programme was to discuss and identify local access and benefit sharing practices with regard to crop genetic resources and natural resources. About 13 participants including representatives from community seed banks, community forestry user groups, and District Agriculture Development Officers of Bara, Lalitpur, Makawanpur and Sindhupalchok attended the programme.

Public Private Dialogue on Enhancing Export Competitiveness of MAPs and Essential Oils

SAWTEE organized a half day Public-Private Dialogue on “A Public Private Dialogue on Enhancing Export Competitiveness of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Essential Oils” on 27 May, 2014. The programme was attended by more than 40 participants representing the government, private sector, national chambers of commerce, and non-governmental organizations. The main objective of the dialogue was to present the findings of the study on “Realizing the Export Potential of MAPs and Essential Oils: Overcoming the Trade Barriers”.

Regional Cooperation on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia

A two-day seminar on Regional cooperation on trade, climate change and food security in South Asia: Some reflections and way forward was organized by South Asia Watch on Trade Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) in collaboration with Oxfam and Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) in Kathmandu on 13-14 March 2014. Experts from various South Asian countries underlined the need for regional cooperation to expedite trade, address climate change concerns and overcome food insecurity at the two-day seminar.

Ensuring Seed Security in Nepal

On 13 February 2014, SAWTEEorganized a half day policy dialogueon "Ensuring Seed Security in Nepal". The programme was attended by more than 60 participants representing the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector, farmers, organization, cooperative and the media.The main objective of the programme was to discuss issues related to seed security in Nepal, keeping in view the need to increase agriculture productivity, ensure food security and safeguard farmers  rights.

Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference

SAWTEE participated in the Ninth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC9) and organised two different sessions in the “Trade and Development Symposium” that took place on December 3-5 on the sidelines of the MC9.

Stakeholders’ dialogue on Nepal’s Participation at the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference

On 28 th November 2013, SAWTEE,  Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) and Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) jointly organized a stakeholders’ dialogue in Kathmandu in order to identify Nepal’s negotiating positions for the 9 thMinisterial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) scheduled for 3-6 December in Bali. Honourable Shankar Prasad Koirala, Minister of Commerce and Supplies, who is leading the Nepalese delegation to the Ministerial Conference was the Chief Guest of the programme.

Sixth South Asian Training Programme on CGE Modelling

The sixth edition of the South Asian training programme on CGE (Computable General Equilibrium) modelling was conducted from 22-26 October 2013 in Kathmandu, Nepal. South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) organized the training in collaboration with the South Asian Network on Economic Modeling (SANEM), Dhaka and the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS), New Delhi.

Project Inception Meeting

“Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit in South Asia ” and “Promoting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises for Inclusive, Equitable and Sustainable Development in South Asia”

A two-day inception meeting of two projects supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), namely “Trade and Transport Facilitation Audit in South Asia” lead by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) and “Promoting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises for Inclusive, Equitable and Sustainable Development in South Asia” lead by UNDP Asia Pacific Regional Centre (APRC), Bangkok, was organized in Kathmandu on 1-2 October 2013. The main objective of the two-day inception meeting was to present the relevance and the objectives of the two projects, and more importantly to gather expert opinions and suggestions in order to efficiently implement and increase the effectiveness of the projects for maximum impact.

Sixth South Asia Economic Summit

The 6th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) was held in Colombo on 2–4 September 2013. The Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS) was the main organizer of the 6th SAES and SAWTEE was a core partner. Dr Posh Raj Pandey, Executive Chairman; Mr Puspa Sharma, Research Director; and Mr Kamalesh Adhikari, Director (on study leave) and currently a Phd scholar at the Australian National University, represented SAWTEE at the 6th SAES.

Nepal’s Preparation for the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGRFA

SAWTEE and Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD), Government of Nepal (GoN), jointly organized a two day discussion programme on “Nepal’s preparation for the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)” on 29-30 August 2013 in Kathmandu. The main objectives of the programme were to brainstorm on major issues to be discussed at the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the ITPGRFA being held from 24-28 September 2013 in Muscat, Oman; and to identify Nepal’s concerns and possible areas of collaboration with other developing and least developed countries during the governing body meeting.

Access and Benefit Sharing in Relation to Crop Genetic Resources

SAWTEE, in association with the Fridtjof Nansens Institute (FNI), Norway, organized a discussion programme on “Access and Benefit Sharing in Relation to Crop Genetic Resources” on 5 August 2013 in Kathmandu. The programme was organized as part of a study project being implemented in Nepal and India by SAWTEE in collaboration with the FNI.

Food-related Legislation in South Asia

SAWTEE, in partnership with Oxfam and its global campaign GROW, organised a regional consultation on “Food-related Legislation in South Asia” on 30-31 July 2013, in Kathmandu as a part of its ongoing regional programme “Research, advocacy and capacity building on food-related legislation in South Asia”. The major objective of the consultation was to disseminate the findings of the country specific food-related legislation studies undertaken under the programme in five South Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Practical Approaches to Supporting Competitiveness in a Carbon Constrained World

SAWTEE, in collaboration with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the United Kingdom, organised a dissemination workshop on 26 July 2013, in Kathmandu to validate their joint research study titled “Practical Approaches to Supporting Competitiveness of Lower/Middle Income Countries in a Carbon Constrained World: A Case Study of Nepal in the Context of Climate Change Mitigation”. The goal of the study is to promote better economic policymaking that responds to the new opportunities and threats that will arise in a low-carbon global economy along with the promotion of green growth and jobs.

Panel Discussion on Aid for Trade

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) and Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International jointly organized a panel discussion on “Aid for Trade: Regional/ Global Value Chains and the Role of Trilateral Development Cooperation” yesterday. The event was organized at the sidelines of the Fourth Global Review on Aid for Trade taking place at the WTO Secretariat in Geneva from 8 to 10 July 2013.   

Training Programme for Economic Journalists from South Asian Countries

A two-day regional training programme for economic journalists from South Asian countries was jointly organized by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Kathmandu, and Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), Colombo, in Marawila, Sri Lanka on 4-5 July 2013. The broad theme of the training programme was “Trade, Climate Change and Food Security”.

Regional Consultation on Road to Bali

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), Kathmandu, and the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), Colombo organized a two-day regional consultation on “Road to Bali: South Asian Priorities for the Ninth WTO Ministerial” in Marawila, Sri Lanka on 2-3 July 2013. The consultation adopted a resolution that will be submitted to all SAARC countries that are WTO members, so that they have a common voice in some of the WTO issues to take to the Ninth WTO Ministerial that is taking place in Bali on 3-6 December this year. Participants of the consultation opined that there are differences amongst South Asian countries, and it would be difficult to have a common position on all issues; however, there are issues that are of common concern to most of the South Asian countries, and those concerns should be taken to the WTO Ministerial with a common voice.

South Asian Consultation on Green Economy

SAWTEE, along with International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada, organized a two-day regional consultation titled “South Asian Consultation on Green Economy” in Lalitpur on 23-24 June 2013. The main objectives of the consultation were to identify research agendas on green economy in South Asia and create a network of like-minded individuals/institutions to work further on South Asian green economy. More than 40 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, India, Korea, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participated at the event.

High-level Dialogue on Linking Istanbul Plan of Action with Post-2015 Development Framework

SAWTEE and Oxfam Novib organized a high-level dialogue on “Linking Istanbul Plan of Action with Post-2015 Development Framework” in Kathmandu on 8 May 2013 under the regional project “Trade, Climate Change and Food Security”. The event was participated by about 100 participants ranging from government officials to representatives of intergovernmental organizations, development partners, international and national non-governmental organizations, private sector,  academia, practitioners, and the media, among others.

Interaction Programme on Harmonization of Non-Tariff Barriers in South Asia

As part of a regional project “Cost of Economic Non-Cooperation to Consumers in South Asia, Phase II (COENCOSA-II)”, South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), in collaboration with the Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), organized an interaction programme titled “Removal/Harmonization of Non-Tariff Barriers in South Asia” on 29 April 2013 in Kathmandu.

Regional Consultation on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia

SAWTEE and Oxfam Novib organized a two-day Regional Consultation on “Trade, Climate Change and Food Security in South Asia” in Kathmandu on 20–21 December 2012. Participants from around the region called for policies and strategies to cope with the impacts on agriculture and food production from a highly likely increase in global temperature of more than 2 percentage points above pre-industrial levels.

Relevance of Community Seed Bank is Increasing

In the context of climate change and deterioration of genetic resource pool globally, and increasing interest of multinational companies in the seed sector, experts today highlighted that the relevance of community seed banks is increasing in a discussion programme on “Operationalizing SAARC Seed Bank and Material Transfer Agreement from the Community Seed Banks’ Perspective” organized by SAWTEE.

Dialogue on The Future of Aid for Trade

A two-day international dialogue on The Future of Aid for Trade was  organized from 22-23 November 2012 at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva by International Centre for Trade and Sustainable(ICTSD) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland in collaboration with South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), World Bank and other organizations. The dialogue ended with a call for instituting a mechanism to evaluate the effectiveness of the Aid for Trade initiative at the country level.

Strengthening Institutional Capacity on Sustainability Criteria for Bioenergy

 A three-day standardization workshop on “Strengthening institutional capacity on sustainability criteria for bioenergy” was held from 21-23 November in Kathmandu. The workshop was part of a longer project “Trade promotion through standardization” being implemented jointly by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) and the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) in eight countries of the South and Southeast Asia regions, namely, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam. The workshop was organized against the backdrop of the setting of a new standard on the sustainability criteria for bioenergy by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Promoting Agro-Biodiversity Crucial to Ensure Food Security

12 October 2012, Hyderabad, India: Biodiversity is a natural insurance policy against climate change and crop biodiversity plays an important role in climate adaptation as well as mitigation. Therefore, at the present time when increasing importance is given to modern agriculture that emphasizes mono-cropping and use of chemical fertilizers, among other things, it is important to put greater emphasis in the conservation and sustainable use of agro-biodiversity. 

Book Release Programme

SAWTEE and South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS) launched a book titled Regional Economic Integration: Challenges for South Asia during turbulent times amidst a function on 5 October 2012 in Kathmandu. The book launch programme commenced with Mr. Madhu Raman Acharya, Executive Director, SACEPS delivering his welcome speech. 

Fifth South Asia Economic Summit

Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), one of SAWTEE’s member organizations, organized the 5th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES V) in Islamabad from 11 September to 13 September 2012.

Book Release

A new book titled ‘Regional Economic Integration: Challenges for South Asia during Turbulent Times’ was released at the inaugural session of Fifth South Asia Economic Summit co-organized by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) with its member organization Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Pakistan and other think tanks from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.  The book, jointly published by SAWTEE and South Asia Center for Policy Studies (SACEPS), highlights challenges for regional economic integration in South Asia by examining the current shortcomings and future challenges.

Fifth South Asian Training Programme on CGE Modelling

The Fifth South Asian Training Programme on CGE Modelling was held in Kathmandu from 27-31 August 2012. It was organized by SAWTEE, South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM), Dhaka and Centre for WTO Studies (CWS), New Delhi. 

Nepal Case Study for European Report on Development

At a validation workshop on “Nepal Case Study For European Report on Development”, organized by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) and Center for the Study of Labour and Migration (CESLM), experts highlighted the role of development framework in post 2015 era and stressed on the need to better utilize development support in both the unmet MDG targets and in new areas such as climate change and sustainable development.

Consultative Meeting on Draft Guidelines of CPMP Act 2063

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), in collaboration with Department of Commerce and Supplies Management (DoCSM) and USAID NEAT activity, organized a consultative meeting to discuss the draft Guidelines of Competition Promotion and Market Protection(CPMP) Act 2063 on July 11, 2012.

Regional Seminar on Emerging Issues on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security

 SAWTEE, the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka and Oxfam Novib organized a South Asia-level regional seminar on “Emerging Issues on Trade, Climate Change and Food Security: Way Forward for South Asia” on 31 May-1 June 2012 in Colombo. The programme was inaugurated by Hon’ble Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Minister of Environment, Government of Sri Lanka.

Public-Private Dialogue on Nepal-China Trade

SAWTEE, in association with Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS), Government of Nepal, and Nepal Economy, Agriculture and Trade (NEAT) Activity/USAID, organized a half-day Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on 26 April 2012 in Kathmandu. The objective of the event was to disseminate the overall findings of the “Nepal-China Trade Study” report, which sheds light on Nepal’s overall trade indicators with China, Nepal’s top potential products to China, critical trade barriers and supply-side bottlenecks, reviews Nepal-China trade treaties, and provides recommendations for the government of Nepal and the private sector with regard to improving Nepal-China trade.

Discussion Programme on Climate Change, Food Security and Trade

“Better and fuller understanding of linkages between trade, climate change and food security is urgently needed”.This was a key conclusion of a joint session on “Climate change, food security and trade: Challenges and opportunities” organized by South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) and CUTS International. The session took place at the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Forum during UNCTAD XIII with the objective to discuss linkages between trade, climate change and food security and identify elements of holistic policy responses. It was attended by a number of developing country ambassadors, other country delegates, and representatives of international and non-governmental organizations.

Public-Private Dialogue on Nepal’s Tea and Lentil Exports

SAWTEE, in association with Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS), Government of Nepal, and Nepal Economy, Agriculture and Trade (NEAT) Activity/USAID, organized a half-day Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on 17 April 2012 in Kathmandu. The objective of the event was to disseminate the findings of the report titled “Export of Tea and Lentils from Nepal” that was prepared by a team of trainees who had participated in the training “International Trading System” organized by SAWTEE in cooperation with MoCS as part of NEAT Activity from 7-9 February 2012 at Godavari, Lalitpur.

Public-Private Dialogue on Nepal-India Trade, SAFTA-SATIS

SAWTEE, in association with the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS), Government of Nepal, and Nepal Economic, Agriculture and Trade (NEAT) Activity of USAID, organized a Public-Private Dialogue on 23rd March 2012 in Kathmandu. The objective of the event was to share the key findings of two researches—Study on Nepal-India Trade and Diagnostic Study on SAFTA and SATIS—conducted by SAWTEE and to gather comments and suggestions from experts and stakeholders to further enrich the studies.

Training on Intellectual Property Rights

SAWTEE, in co-operation with GIZ, organized a two-day training on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) on 1-2 March 2012. The target audiences for the training were private sector stakeholders associated with Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) and essential oils, and Silver Jewellery. The objective of the training was to raise awareness about IPRs to the private sector and apprise them of the relevance of IPRs to their sector. About 20 participants representing the two sectors participated in the training programme

Training Programme on International Trading System

SAWTEE, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS), Government of Nepal, and USAID/NEAT Activity, organized a three-day training programme on “International Trading System” on 7-9 February 2012 in Godavari, Lalitpur. The major objectives of the training were to enhance understanding of the trainees on various issues of international trade, to enhance their capacity to effectively implement trade agreements and to equip them with knowledge and skills for trade negotiation. Twenty-nine participants representing MoCS, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry, Department of Commerce, Trade and Export Promotion Centre, Nepal Rastra Bank, Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry and District Chambers participated in the training. The training was based on the training manual prepared by SAWTEE.

Cost of Economic Non-Cooperation to Consumer in South Asia

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), CUTS International, The Asia Foundation, and Commonwealth Secretariat jointly organized a two-day dissemination meeting on ‘Cost of Economic Non-Cooperation to Consumer in South Asia’ on February 3-4 in Kathmandu. The report is based on a recent study by CUTS International, SAWTEE and other research organizations in the region. It finds that increasing trade in South Asia at preferential rates on a range of products that have both high intra-regional trade potential and high prospects for improving consumer welfare could save at least US$2 billion per year.

Nepal’s WTO Accession Experience Shared with Afghanistan

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) organized a half-day interaction programme for the Delegation of Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to share Nepal’s experiences on accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), on 8 January 2012. A 20-member delegation led by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Afghanistan and having representation from nine ministries of Afghanistan and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)—the apex chamber of commerce—and a development partner participated in the meeting. The objective of the meeting for the foreign delegation was to learn from Nepal’s WTO accession experience and utilize the knowledge during Afghanistan’s ongoing accession negotiations at the WTO. The delegation, led by Deputy Minister Mr. Mozammil Shinwari, Director General of International Trade Directorate of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is currently in Nepal for a week-long WTO study tour.

World Competition Day

SAWTEE in association with Lawyers' Academy Committee, Nepal Bar Association (NBA) and Society of Economic Journalists of Nepal (SEJON) organized a discussion forum on “Status of Competition in Nepal” on 5 December 2011 to mark the World Competition Day. The World Competition Day is celebrated on 5 December every year to mark the adoption by the United Nations of the Set of Multilaterally Agreed Equitable Principles and Rules for the Control of Restrictive Business Practices. This year the World Competition Day was marked with the theme 'Cartels and their harmful effects'.

Public-Private Dialogue on Nepal’s WTO Commitments and Roles of Stakeholders

SAWTEE, in cooperation with the German International Cooperation (GIZ), Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS), Government of Nepal and Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), organized a “Public-Private Dialogue on Nepal’s WTO commitments and roles of stakeholders” in Pokhara on 2-3 December 2011. The major objective of the programme was to interact with local-level stakeholders on trade issues in general, and on Nepal’s commitments at the WTO and the status of their compliance, in particular.

4th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES)

The 4th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) was organized by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Dhaka on 22-23 October 2011. SAWTEE was one of the co-organizers of the Summit. The theme of the 4th SAES was Global Recovery, New Risks and Sustainable Growth: Repositioning South Asia. 

South Asian Consultation on “Food Justice in a Resource Constrained South Asia”

SAWTEE and Oxfam organized a two-day South Asian Consultation on “Food Justice in a Resource Constrained South Asia” on 26-27 September 2011 in Lalitpur, Nepal.

Fourth CGE Modelling Training

Effective trade, climate and development policy making and implementation depend significantly on a priori assessments of the implications that could arise from different policy options. It is thus important for researchers and policy makers to conduct ex ante analyses of alternative policy scenarios, for example, the potential implications of a particular policy measure such as tariff reduction for the macroeconomic environment, exports, imports, employment, poverty, food security, greenhouse gas emissions and environmental sustainability.

Expert Committee Meeting to revise Nepal's Agricultural Biodiversity Policy

SAWTEE, together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives/Government of Nepal, USC Canada Asia and Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development, organized a meeting of the Expert Committee formed by the Ministry to revise Nepal's Agricultural Biodiversity Policy 2007 on 6-7 June 2011 in Dhulikhel, Nepal.

Dissemination Meeting of Aid for Trade Research

The preliminary findings of the Research on Evaluating Development Effectiveness of Aid for Trade (AFT) were disseminated among stakeholders in Kathmandu on 2 May 2011. The event was jointly organized by SAWTEE and the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva.

Strengthening Institutional Capacity on Sustainability Criteria for Bioenergy

SAWTEE, in collaboration with the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) and with the support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), organized a three day standardization workshop to strengthen the institutional capacity of standard organizations, private sector and other relevant stakeholders from the South and Southeast Asia regions on sustainable criteria for bio-energy. Fifty-two participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam participated in the workshop.

Enhancing Capacity of WTO Focal Points on Compliance Issues-I

Nepal has made a number of commitments during its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Nepal has complied with many of the commitments it has made, but is yet to comply with a number of others. In this context, the role of WTO focal points is extremely important in understanding these various commitments and in complying with them. They should be taking the lead in complying with the WTO commitments that fall under their jurisdiction. More importantly, they should ensure that complying with the commitments will balance the country’s international obligations with the rights and welfare of its citizens.

An Interaction Programme on UNLDC IV.

The Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (UNLDC IV) is scheduled for 9-13 May in Istanbul, Turkey. Nepal, being the Chair of the LDC group, is coordinating the preparatory processes in the run up to UNLDC IV.

Second Civil Society Forum on Responding to Food Insecurity in South Asia

SAWTEE and Oxfam organized the Second Civil Society Forum on Responding to Food Insecurity in South Asia from 24-25 February 2011 in Kathmandu.

A cross-section of over 50 stakeholders from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participated in the Forum and adopted the Civil Society Statement on Food Security II, which contains a set of recommendations for the SAARC Agricultural Ministers, who were scheduled to meet in Dhaka on 3 March.

Emerging Potentials of International Trade for South Asian LDCs

At a talk programme on Emerging Potentials of International Trade for South Asian LDCs organized by SAWTEE on 14 February 2011 in Kathmandu, experts highlighted issues pertinent to emerging potentials of international trade for South Asian least-developed countries (LDCs) and the supply-side constraints faced by them in boosting their export capacity and exports. They argued that the international community should not only provide market access, but also help LDCs in enhancing their trade capacity. Aid for Trade (AFT) could play an important role on this regard.

Launch Meeting of the programme on Aid for Trade

The launch meeting of a research project on "Evaluating Effectiveness of Aid for Trade in Nepal" was held in Kathmandu on 18 January 2011. About 50 stakeholders, including policy makers, academics, economists, private sector representatives, donor community and media persons, participated in the meeting.

3rd South Asia Economic Summit

CGE Modelling Training

Inview of the growing use and potential of computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling in trade and development policy research, SAWTEE and South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM) organized the Third South Asian Training Programme on CGE Modelling from 2–6 August 2010 in Kathmandu. A total of 29 researchers, academics and policy makers participated in the training.

Dialogue on Trade, Poverty and Climate Change

SAWTEE, together with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Geneva and the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS), New Delhi, organized a “Dialogue on Trade, Poverty and Climate Change” on 20–21 May in Kathmandu.